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The Varsity Athens

1000 W Broad St, Athens, GA 30606-3062
+1 706-548-6325
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  • Excellent28%
  • Very good35%
  • Average22%
  • Poor9%
  • Terrible6%
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“onion rings” (68 reviews)
“chili dog” (59 reviews)
“chilli” (28 reviews)
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American, Fast food
1000 W Broad St, Athens, GA 30606-3062
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

So I’ve been eating at Varsity for over 40 years and look forward to trips to Athens and Atlanta. This trip was NOT SO HOT. The food was lukewarm at best, which is not a good thing with onion rings especially. The service was good...More

Thank HJR1960
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This restaurant was recommended as an iconic, everyone must go hamburger, hot dog place. Very average burgers. I personally wouldn't return.

Thank joycew127
Reviewed 9 March 2018

Look, you are not gonna get a $15 burger here. If you want a small burger, good fries, and great onion rings come on in. In one section they even show cartoons for the kiddos. Cheap, hot, fresh.

Thank rakawa
Reviewed 25 February 2018 via mobile

This place is legendary in Athens but it’s expensive and impersonal. On this visit the service was poor and our fries were cold and stiff. I felt it was not worth the price we paid for hotdogs.

Thank Ernest R
Reviewed 30 October 2017

You can't visit Athens without a meal from The Varsity. This sums it up!!!! I will always go back.The food is consistently good. It's a 50 year family tradition.

Thank worldtraveler5229
Reviewed 20 October 2017

The Varsity is an Atlanta tradition, and this branch in Athens, GA, near UGA, is as good as the original in ATL, and not nearly as crowded! When the counter person barks out "What'll you have?", the chili dog is what you order (unless you...More

Thank happy_in_paris_10
Reviewed 3 October 2017 via mobile

What can I say you haven't visited Atlanta or Athens if you've not eaten at the varsity. Is it the best hot dog and french fries in the world, probably not!!!But life is not complete without a visit to the dawg house.

Thank tomhukfin
Reviewed 20 September 2017

Had out-of-town guests this past weekend. They wanted the varsity. We ended up eating here twice. Our group loved the HOT DOGS! Hamburgers are just average. I had a pretty good grilled chicken salad. Fries are pretty good, but the ONION RINGS are out of...More

Thank Melanie W
Reviewed 14 September 2017

This had to be some of the worst food I have tasted in a long time. The onion rings were over-breaded and cooked in old oil. The hot dogs were bland (we found the cayenne pepper too late). The pimento grilled "cheese" dripped gallons of...More

1  Thank iwanderafar
Reviewed 12 September 2017 via mobile

We have eaten at the Varsity in ATL several times so we were expecting the same in Athens (and it did not disappoint). Stopped in for a quick bite of burgers, fries, dogs & rings. It was delicious! Be sure to add coleslaw to your...More

Thank love2bncharleston
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Janet K
22 August 2017|
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Response from Michael A | Reviewed this property |
Yes. All the Varsity's serve what are referred to as PCs. It is served with a cup of ice. Be sure to try it over ice.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$5 - US$10
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Groups, Local cuisine
Open Hours
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
10:00 AM - 12:00 AM
10:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1000 W Broad St, Athens, GA 30606-3062
  • Location: United States  >  Georgia (GA)  >  Athens
  • Phone Number: +1 706-548-6325
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